Month: April 2010

Indians make It Three Straight Over PawSox

PAWTUCKET-  One day after scoring nine runs in a loss, the Pawtucket Red Sox tonight met the same fate but with much less of an offensive effort, falling to the Indianapolis Indians 4-1.  Indy has won the first three games of the series and have upped their overall winning streak to six.

The PawSox’ lone run came on a solo home run by Josh Reddick in the bottom of the sixth.  It was Reddick’s second homer of the season.

“I think certain guys are hitting to the pull side, not thinking baseball and giving what the pitchers give them.” said PawSox Manager Torey Lovullo, “This is an advanced level where a lot of young hitters go for the jackpot when they have to set up the pitcher.  I don’t think our young hitters are doing that right now.”

Pawtucket was held in check by Indy starter Daniel McCutchen (1-0) who made his first start for the Indians after being sent down from Pittsburgh where he was ineffective as the Bucs’ fifth starter.  McCutchen threw seven innings, giving up one run on five hits.  He walked two and struck out three and gave up Reddick’s homer.

The Indians’ offense wasted little time in getting in gear by scoring a run in the top of the first off PawSox starter Randor Bierd.  Lead-off man Jose Tabata singled to center and advanced to second on a wild return throw by Bubba Bell.  After a fly out to right by Neil Walker, Brian Myrow drove in Tabata with a double to right.

The Indians scored another run in the second on a triple by C Luke Carlin and a sacrifice fly by SS Brian Friday.  Indy got two more runs in the fourth on a walk and three singles.

Bierd (2-2) took the loss, working five innings, giving up four runs (3 earrned) on seven hits.  He walked two and struck out two.  He threw 87 pitches, 49 for strikes.

Robert Manuel remained perfect on the season, extending his scoreless streak to 14 innings after his two innings on the mound tonight.  He was saved in the top of the seventh on a spectacular diving catch in right center by Bubba Bell who fired the ball back to the infield to double off Neil Walker.

Scott Atchison made his first appearance for the PawSox since being optioned to Pawtucket earlier this week.  He worked the last two innings in scoreless fashion, which included getting out of a bases loaded jam in the eighth.

The pre-game buzz surrounded the promotion of Lars Anderson from Portland.  Anderson joined the team after the first pitch and did get into the game in the sixth when he pinch hit for Mark Wagner  who left the game with a hand injury.  Anderson grounded to McCutchen in his PawSox debut.

“I was hitting in the cage and was told I might pinch hit.  I didn’t know it would be that quick.”  said Anderson,  “I was happy to get that opportunity.”

Tabata and C Luke Carlin had two hits each to lead the Indians offense.  Reddick and Angel Sanchez had two hits for the PawSox.

The PawSox and Indians wrap-up their four game series tomorrow night (6:15pm).  Brad Lincoln (2-1, 3.63 ERA) throws for the Indians.  Adam Mills (0-2, 4.26 ERA) goes for Pawtucket.

NOTES: Lovullo says he expects to ease Anderson into the line-up.

“We don’t want to put him into an environmemt where he’s trying to do too much.” said Lovullo

More than likely Anderson will bat sixth or seventh in the early going with the expectation he will move to the middle of the line-up as the season progresses.  Anderson will play first base and Aaron Bates will move to the outfield and serve as the DH from time to time.

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PawSox/Indians Pre-Game Notes 4-29-10

We’re back at McCoy tonight for game three of the four game set between the Indianapolis Indians and the Pawtucket Red Sox. The Indians have taken the first two games of the series, winning game one on Tuesday 7-2 and yesterday’s contest in come-from-behind fashion 10-9.

Tonight Daniel McCutchen makes his debut on the mound for the Indians.  He’ll be opposed by Randor Bierd (2-1, 4.50 ERA) for the Paw Sox.  Here are the line-ups…

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (10-10, 3rd Place IL West)

Jose Tabata CF
Neil Walker LF
Brian Myrow DH
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Steve Pearce 1B
Brandon Moss RF
Luke Carlin C
Brian Friday SS
Doug Bernier 2B

Daniel McCutchen P

PAWTUCKET RED SOX (8-12, 5TH Place IL North)

Josh Reddick CF
Daniel Nava DH
Angel Sanchez SS
Tug Hulett 2B
Aaron Bates 1B
Mark Wagner C
Jorge Jimenez SS
Bubba Bell RF
Matt Sheely LF

Randor Bierd P

The big pre-game news is that Lars Anderson has been promoted to the PawSox from Portland.  Anderson is off to a great start, hitting .355 with 5 homers and 17 RBI’s in 16 games with the Sea Dogs.  Anderson is not in the starting line-up but is expected to be at McCoy tonight.

Anderson takes the roster spot left by Kevin Frandsen, who was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Tuesday and was claimed off waivers by the Anaheim Angels.  Frandsen batted .257 with 2 homers and 4 RBI’s in 17 games for the PawSox.

Not only have the Indians won the first two games of the series but they have also won five games in a row overall.

We’ll be providing updates via Twitter throughout the game.  Check back later for a full game summary.

PawSox Squander Lead, Fall to Indians 10-9

The Pawtucket Red Sox built up a 9-3 lead over the Indianapolis Indians but the pitching staff could not finish the deal, as the Indians came all the way back to beat the PawSox, 10-9 this afternoon at McCoy.  Indianapolis has won the first two games of this four-game series and have won five in a row overall.

The PawSox held a 9-8 lead entering the top of the ninth, but poor pitching and shoddy defense allowed the Indians to take the lead.  2B Brian Friday led off with a single off PawSox reliever Fernando Cabrera (0-2).  Friday advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Argenis Diaz then to third on a passed ball by Pawtucket C Dusty Brown.  Friday would score the tying run on an error in left by Daniel Nava on a ball off the bat of CF Jose Tabata.  Tabata would score the winning run on an RBI single to center by LF Neil Walker.

Things were going the PawSox’ way early in the game as Pawtucket scored four runs in the bottom of the second and five more in the bottom of the third.  Bubba Bell drove in three runs and Angel Sanchez two.  Nava and Ryan Khoury also drove in runs for the PawSox.

The big lead was not enough for Pawtucket starter Michael Bowden to hold.  Bowden gave up seven runs in 4 2/3 innings of work.  He walked three, struck out two, and yielded two homers, one a grand slam in the fifth by Indians DH Brian Myrow.

Indianapolis starter Kevin Hart gave up eight runs (seven earned) in only two innings of work.

The two teams resume their series tomorrow night (6:15pm).  Daniel McCutchen makes his debut for the Indians.  He’ll be opposed by Randor Bierd (2-1, 4.50ERA) for the PawSox.

NOTES:  In off-the-field news…To make room on the 40 man roster for Alan Embree, the Red Sox designated PawSox IF Kevin Frandsen for assignment.  Frandsen must clear waivers before he can return to the PawSox.

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